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1 month ago

Fun challenging trail. All the reviews below hold true. The last portion is quite steep with loose rock, but i was able to comfortably hike it with my 6 month old son strapped to my back. As far as getting their the directions are spot on. You can park on either side of the bridge. The trail head is essentially the road closed sign across the bridge to the right going up the hill. Awesome views and rock formations at the top. We didn’t bother with the loop. When we got to the top we took a left at the fork and shortly after you get to the circle rock formation shown in the cover picture. To get to the rock formations and forgo the loop the trail out and back is only 5.5 miles

Will definitely do again.

2 months ago

Hiked this trail on October 6th with two daughters and Son-In-Law. Great time of year as the temperature was perfect (50s to low 60s). The last time was a couple of years ago in June and it was quite warm. It took about an hour and 45 minutes up and about an hour and 20 minutes down with lunch and photos at the top. It’s a very challenging hike! The first half is a well traveled trail which wraps around the mountain from the west side to the northeast side and then it starts a steep ascent up a skree field. At the top of the skree field starts the bouldering section which is marked with red spray painted arrows and cairns marking the way. Take your time and stay focused. It’s very steep! The trail wraps around to the east side with a foot path and more bouldering with a final ascent to the top. The view at the top is 360 degrees of total awesomeness. I’m guessing you can see 40-50 miles. You’ll love this hike! The Land of Enchantment at its finest!

2 months ago

Great hike/climb. Views were amazing!

Easy walk in late September. Made amazing by elk in rut in nearby forest. The bugling was loud and continuous.

3 months ago

Cañón ramble.

5 months ago

Hike was great all the way until the loop on top of the mesa. Trail seems to have washed away and there was a fire up there so lots of trees collapsed over what might have formerly been a trail.

Highly recommend taking a left once you get up the steep rocky portion around 3.6mi. There’s a neat rock formation over there you can catch your breath and look out across the valley. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have bothered with the loop around the top, though if you do poke around up there there’s a grave site to be found with candles, tobacco cans, and booze positioned around it.

The stream at the start/end of the trail was a nice chance to take a nice cool dip after the hike.

this trail is not easy by any means, especially if you aren't acclimated to the high altitude. the best advice I can give is to take your time and be deliberate with every step. the view from the top is absolutely stunning, but the climbing portions can be challenging, even more so on the trip down. all in all, I enjoyed myself the entire way, and would love to go again some day. when you get to the top, don't forget to sign the roster at the top. it's in an old military ammo can at the Rock piling.

7 months ago

Beautiful hike! Bring plenty of water and snacks. Also, trekking poles if you feel you need extra support as there is a a steep area with loose rock, but the view is so worth it!

7 months ago

The drive up to this trail was gorgeous, but there is quite a long stretch of dirt road that may take smaller cars a little longer to traverse (though it shouldn't keep you from going). This trail is a little difficult to find, but if you follow the instructions given, you should be able to find it . This trail starts off very easy and relaxing, right next to the river, but the farther you go, the harder it gets. There's a short very steep, very rocky part right at the end. Incredible views and overall great hike! It took me almost two hours to get to the top of the mesa.

10 months ago

everybody thinks it's hard my first time going up there was moderate.

10 months ago

Couldn’t make it to the top. I tried but I was alone and couldn’t climb up a part. This is more like a rock climb than a hike. Pretty view of the Sandias were I had to turn around though.

11 months ago

Very easy, yet very enjoyable hike. The trail itself consists of mainly just matted grass and is very well marked. The only thing to really watch out for is gopher holes as they can be quite large and deep. Other than that, it was a nice hike and you really can't ask for better views. Ranger Station was well staffed and there were several souvenirs available for purchase. Keep in mind that dogs are allowed on this trail, however they are not in any other trail located near the Ranger Station. Dogs are allowed on two others trails that reside just past the main park entrance on Highway 4.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tough hike- go with someone who knows the trail your first time. Wear really good shoes and bring rock climbing gloves. Plan a full day if you aren't an expert hiker.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Easy and pleasant hike. We enjoyed seeing the Valles Grande from this viewpoint.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beautiful campground, very clean. Woke up early and wanted to stretch my legs before continuing with my motorcycle trip and found this trail. Gorgeous easy hike, waked it at sunrise. Great way to start the day!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Challenging and lots of fun, I wouldn't do this in hot weather but perfectly overcast, it was lovely!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Total length around the dome is about a mile. Very easy walking on matted grasses.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great views. Very challenging. Definitely more rock climbing than hiking!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Excellent scramble with amazing views from the top. Expect a class 3 scramble with 1 or 2 class 4 moves. Some exposure as well but good, solid rock.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A great hike but more mountaineering than hiking. Some parts not for those with fears of heights. All real sense of accomplishment once your up and back.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Pleasant and flat, good during cool times of the year, all uncovered. Chance for wildlife.

Monday, May 16, 2016

spectacular view from the top!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Newly developed site. Trail was just a walk around a small hill. I suspect the site will see improvements over time

Friday, November 20, 2015

did this trail a couple of years ago, beautiful trail off the beaten path, bring plenty of food and water, cause your in the middle of nowhere, don't drive a low car there either, cause you will be scraping.......you can hike up the peak also........

on Stable Mesa

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Directions from ABQ: US550 to NM 4. After 9.5 miles, turn left onto NM475. 475 turns into FR376. After @12.5 miles from where you left NM 4, you will see a "road closed sign & gate. Park near it. The trailhead is across the bridge on your right.

Whenever the trail forks, keep left. The first 2 miles or so is a moderate hike. The last .4 to the top of the mesa is steep with lots of loose rock. There are some great views to be had from the top where it is fairly level. Definitely doing this one again.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

this trail is great but if you don't get good directions you won't find it. I suggest getting 60 hikes 60 miles Albuquerque for directions and a basic map.

on Cabezon Peak

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Fun scrambles. Amazing views. Not much shelter from bad weather, though.

The hardest part is the climb up the hill to the base of Cabezon. From there, look for an arrow made of stones on the ground pointing you up the scree to the "Chimney". (see photos) The Chimney contains the hardest two scrambles. After those, it's a pretty relaxed hike for a while. The next scrambles will be after a gnarly tree. (see photos again) After that, just stroll your way up to the stone wall on top.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Many improvements have been made to the trail and campgrounds. Visitor center now has a self interpretive history of the Magdalena cattle trail and drives. VC also has WiFi and staffed with a campground host. More improvements are in the near future. Campground rates are a good bargain at $5.00 a night.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Impressive. Two herd of elk in the distance. A brief heavy rain brought the temp down a little.

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